U.S. Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit
Public Health – Disability benefits
Where the ALJ did not explain why it rejected the treating physician’s conclusions, the denial of disability benefits must be reversed.
“The ALJ has a duty to fully develop the record before drawing any conclusions and must adequately articulate her analysis so that we can follow her reasoning. Murphy, 496 F.3d at 634. Without explaining how or why Dr. Kachmann’s bending and twisting opinion was not supported by the record, we are unable to properly review the ALJ’s opinion determination.
Similarly, the ALJ did not adequately articulate why Dr. Kachmann’s statements were internally inconsistent. In light of these errors, the ALJ must reevaluate whether Dr. Kachmann’s findings are entitled to controlling weight.”
Reversed and Remanded.
13-3626 Minnick v. Colvin
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Van Bokkelen, J., Bauer, J.